Boijmans Diary 2021

Boijmans Diary 2021

At the table

  • Author(s):
    Alex de Vries
  • Year:
    2021
  • Language:
    dutch, english
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  • Design:
    Tessa van der Waals
  • Size:
    19 x 22,5 cm
  • ISBN:
    9789069183145
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  • Edition:
    ringband / ring binder
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With its 2021 diary, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen invites you to take your place at the table. We have made a selection of works from the collection that show how tables have been depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and used in design. The table is often a place where we come together: for meals, conversations, meetings and conferences. But it is also a place where we sit alone: to read, study, work, think, or do nothing at all. It is remarkable just how many works from the collection lend themselves to inclusion in this diary. The table is an object that we encounter in a great variety of forms and functions in art. It can make an indelible impression as a sculptural object, as Gerrit Rietveld’s table on the cover of the diary demonstrates. In many cases, the table is also a way for artists to display their skills, certainly in the case of Giorgio Morandi’s still life and in Pieter Aertsen’s exuberant kitchen scene. There are circular tables, that provide equal space for all, as Marinus Dittlinger’s painting Salle du Conseil makes clear, though with no one seated at the table. And in stark contrast: the cramped worktable at which Isaac Israels’ coffee sorters toil all day long. Fortunately, there is also room for relaxation in Pablo Picasso’s colourfully dressed lady at a café table. The table also lends itself to intimate, homely scenes as in Thérèse Schwartze’s moving portrayal of five orphan girls, while Jan Wittenberg’s simple bowl of eggs on a table shows that everyday life is full of meaning. Tables come in all shapes and sizes and fulfil all manner of functions, from altar to lectern, from desk to operating table, from turntable to picnic table. The artworks in the 2021 Diary exhibit remarkable diversity united around a single object. Take a seat! There is room for everyone in art.

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